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D.I.Y. Orthodox Gifts

D.I.Y. Orthodox Gifts

For many years now, I’ve spent a couple of days in November gathering family photos from the previous months that year and then create a calendar for the upcoming year for my parents, siblings, and in-laws on Shutterfly.  The calendar has become a treasured gift...
Feast Days: The Ascension of Christ

Feast Days: The Ascension of Christ

This is a moveable feast celebrated each year forty days after Pascha.  On this feast day, we commemorate Christ ascending to heaven after His Resurrection.  “He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). Before...
Healing Wounded Hearts

Healing Wounded Hearts

Purpose:  A unit for classroom, home, or retreat use to help children heal from sadness and be a friend to others who are sad. Grown-ups are not the only ones who may find their heart aching and searching for a way to find comfort.  Children can also find themselves...
Feast Days: Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Feast Days: Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

We commemorate Saints Joachim and Anna presenting their daughter, Mary, into the Temple.  She was received by Zacharias who is the father of Saint John the Baptist.  Our family attends Divine Liturgy together on this feast day. This year, we visited a sister parish...
Feast Days: Theophany

Feast Days: Theophany

We commemorate Christ being baptized in the Jordan River by Saint John the Baptist on Theophany. Whenever it is offered, we go to the Blessing of the Waters service by a body of water.  Sometimes we go to a river, other times we’ve gone to a large pond, and...
Name Days: Saint Nicholas

Name Days: Saint Nicholas

Our daughter, Nikolia, celebrates her name day on December 6th.  On Saint Nicholas Eve, we read one or more stories about Saint Nicholas and set out stockings for the next day.  In the morning, my kids find chocolate coins in their stockings in remembrance of Saint...
Living Our Faith: “It’s Too Hard For My Kids”

Living Our Faith: “It’s Too Hard For My Kids”

I’ve heard many times over the years, “It’s too hard for my kids” when someone brings up the topic of fasting and children. Let’s consider for a moment our children’s education.  I don’t know of any parent who would present a...
Journeying Through Great Lent to Pascha as a Family

Journeying Through Great Lent to Pascha as a Family

I spent the weekend preparing our home for our journey to Pascha as Great Lent is on our doorstep once again.  We received our Pascha Passports in the mail along with the new companion booklet, Raising Lazarus Project Booklet, which is intended to help prepare our...
Age of Triumph Curriculum

Age of Triumph Curriculum

Katherine is an Orthodox Christian wife with seven children. You can visit her blog at: http://seamlesskatherine.com  Posted with permission. Age of Triumph Bible Reader Schedule Age of Triumph Cursive Copywork Age of Triumph Exams Age of Triumph Level C Dictation Age...
…because I never back down from a challenge

…because I never back down from a challenge

Determination.  That’s what this is all about.  I’ve seen the photos of beautiful, red Pascha eggs dyed using onion skins and I wanted to learn how to do it myself.  The first two times were my fault.    The third time, I have no idea where I went wrong...
Dyeing with Onion Skins for Pascha Gets a Third Chance

Dyeing with Onion Skins for Pascha Gets a Third Chance

I had at least six people tell me I could get a darker red using onion skins for my Pascha eggs than the results I got in my first two attempts.  Two lovely ladies (thank you Maria & Erica!) were kind enough to share their recipes with me and I used both!  I also...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Here’s one more set of Lenten meals on the go during this season. These are simple meals I made for my family to eat on the way to or from church during last week.  Trust me, at 6 months pregnant, I did not spend a lot of time putting these together. These are...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

These fasting meals were inspired by the school lunch, the grown-up work lunch, and the meals eaten in the car going to or from weeknight Lenten services.  They are meant as inspiration or to copy for all those needing a Lenten meal on the go.   Contents of this...
Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

These are eight examples of meals I’ve made using the legume and grain staples in my pantry.  I decided to label this selection of food legumes and grains to provide the widest definition for these staples.  Wikipedia defines legumes as – “Well-known...
Lenten Staples: Vegetables

Lenten Staples: Vegetables

How do you create a fasting meal using the items you already have in your home?  With a few Lenten staples, the possibilities are limitless. Below you will find 8 examples of meals I made using the vegetables I had available in my kitchen.  I have some basic recipes...
Chopped: My Version of Lenten Meal Planning

Chopped: My Version of Lenten Meal Planning

Once again, Sylvia and I are on the same wave length.  While her approach to meal planning during Lent looks absolutely fantastic, I take a slightly different approach.  I’ve never met her in person (talked to her via the webinar practice session and would LOVE...
Lessons Through a Loaf of Bread: St. Basil & Vasilopita

Lessons Through a Loaf of Bread: St. Basil & Vasilopita

On January 1st, we commemorate Saint Basil.  Those with the names of Basil, William, Bill, Vasiliki, Vasilios, and others all celebrate their Name Day today.  May God grant you many blessed years to come!!! One of the most well known Orthodox kitchen traditions occurs...